Roy Hodgson made his greatest contribution to Liverpool on Saturday as his Crystal Palace team claimed an unlikely 2-3 win at the home of champions Manchester City.
The result meant that Liverpool were able to open up a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League going into Christmas.
During his disastrous time in charge at Anfield, Hodgson nigh on led Liverpool off a cliff, making some appalling signings and doing little to rectify the very clear lack of any identity his squad was suffering from.
Simply put, Hodgson’s approach to managing one of the biggest clubs in the world was nothing short of bizarre.
From day one it felt like a strange fit and the results on the field showed. Liverpool registered some apologetic performances and even found themselves languishing in the relegation zone.
Unsurprisingly, Hodgson was swiftly shown the exit door and Sir Kenny Dalgleish was called upon to right the ship.
Since then, Hodgson’s name has always left a sour taste in the mouth of the Anfield faithful and it is safe to say that he is not entirely welcome on the Red half of Merseyside.
However, after leading Palace to an incredible upset over Liverpool’s biggest title rivals, Hodgson may have gone a long way to resurrecting his relationship with Kopites.
Then he opened his mouth and spoiled it all again.
Speaking on the title race, one which promises to be extremely tight, Hodgson basically wrote his former club off.
“I don’t think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play,” the Palace manager said in the Guardian.
“One of those is going to be against Liverpool, but even without that game the chances are that Liverpool will go somewhere and something like this will happen.
“Someone will beat them against the odds, there is a long way to go yet and there will be an upset somewhere along the line.”
In other words, Hodgson is fully expecting Liverpool to slip up at some point in the coming months.
While Jurgen Klopp’s side is only getting better with time, Hodgson may have a point.
The Premier League is incredibly competitive and even the smallest error can be immensely costly.
If they want to win the lot, Liverpool simply can’t afford a slip-up.
Roy will be ready and waiting to say “I told you so” if it does happen.